Using Essential Oils Safely

I’m new to essential oils. How are they used?

  • Each bottle of Young Living essential oil is labeled with directions for how that oil can be used, and these directions vary based on location.
  • Please consult with the product label for appropriate use directions.

Carrier Oils:

• I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it?

  • – A vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute Essential Oil.
  • – YL V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications
  • – Carrier oils ensure that Essential Oils applied topically are comfortable, and prevents waste due to excessive application

    – Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should not be used


    Hot Oils • What is a hot oil?

    • “Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot or burning sensa)on.
    •  Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves
      1.  YL recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use

        Patch Test

        •  Apply 1-2 drops of EO to a the forearm.

        •  Observe for 1-2 hours

                               •  Usually reac)ons occurwithin 5-10 minutes.

                               •  If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add V-6 carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed


Adverse Reactions


What if I experience skin discomfort or irrita)on?

  • –  If discomfort or irrita)on occurs, stop using the EO, and apply V-6 or other carrier oil to the affected area
  • –  Before using the EO again, perform a patch test and dilute with carrier oil


  • What if I experience skin discomfort or irrita)on

    – Never use water to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If EO gets in your eye, flush with V-6 carrier oil to alleviate discomfort. If discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, seek medical aCen)on

    • •  If a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxifica)on; drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins
    • •  Toxins present in petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxifica)on reac)ons. Consider discon)nua)on of these agents if a reac)on occurs

      Where to Apply

      • Can essen)al oils be applied to sensi)ve areas?

      • –  Avoid contact with sensi)ve areas such as eyes, ears, genitals and mucous membranes.
      • –  If you choose to use the oil in any sensi)ve area, dilute 1 drop of the essen)al oil to 5-10 drops of V-6 carrier oil

      Frequency of Use

      • How o[en can essen)al oils be applied? How much do I use?

      • –  Proper usage is indicated on each EO label. Please follow instruc)ons
      • –  Essen)al oils are potent– start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate; using more may waste product
      • –  Excessive use of essen)al oils may increase the risk for adverse reac)ons

        Special Popula)ons

        • Can essen)al oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing?

        • –  It is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essen)al oils, you seek the advice and recommenda)on of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in EO usage
        • –  It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage, Sage, Idaho Tansy, Hyssop, Fennel, and Wintergreen as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils


      Special Popula)ons
      • Can essen)al oils be used on children?

      • –  Many EOs are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use
      • –  Some YL products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct applica)on on children

      Sun Sensi)vity

      • How does exposure to sun affect essen)al oil use?

      • –  Some EOs, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight and cause a sensi)vity reac)on
      • –  All YL EOs and oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours a[er applying

        How does exposure to sun affect essen)al oil use?

        • –  Dilute and apply the oil to skin that is protected from sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of sensi)vity
        • –  YL beauty and cosme)c products are formulated to remove sun-sensi)zing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensi)vity

        Medical Condi)ons

        • What about the use of essen)al oils if I have a medical condi)on? Can essen)al oils interact with prescrip)on medica)ons?

        • –  If you have a disease or medical condi)on, or if you are using a prescrip)on medica)on, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with EOs
        • –  Seek advice of a physician and pharmacist about interac)ons


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